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About Us

Whether you want to pursue art, music or theatrical performance as a career or cultivate a lifelong passion, you will have ample opportunity to hone your creative skills in both classroom and small community settings through the Visual and Performing Arts Department. As part of a growing community on campus, visual and performing arts students have the chance to live with like-minded students in a residence community, create public art around campus, and attend national conferences and contests. Our professors are scholars who have studied the arts around the world, and bring their unique perspectives to the classroom.

What drives this department is its unparalleled access to New York City. Many courses utilize world-class museums, concert halls, art galleries, architecture and theaters to bring course material to life. Our students have the opportunity to intern at record labels, radio stations, museums, art galleries, magazines, production companies, and graphic design firms. And our graduates leave the College with a greater appreciation for the arts and a refined skill set that complements a variety of subject areas and career opportunities.

Meet a Theater Minor: Christine Nolan

Mentored by one of her favorite professors, theater minor Christine Nolan designed her own independent study course that examines the works of female playwrights from the 19th century onward.

Our Programs

The Visual and Performing Arts Department provides you with an opportunity to study, develop, perform and pursue your creative passions in a supportive environment, surrounded by one of the world’s greatest hubs of art, history and culture: New York City. 



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